Oracle showcases new SPARC servers in MENA tour

Claims ‘world’s fastest microprocessor’ in fresh bid to compete in enterprise segment

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Oracle showcases new SPARC servers in MENA tour Choy: We have a viable product in cost, performance and other business benefits that will help our customers solve problems.
By  Stephen McBride Published  April 25, 2013

Oracle Corp this week announced a complete refresh of its mid-range and high-end SPARC server lines with new SPARC T5 and M5 servers running Oracle Solaris.

The company is held an event in Dubai yesterday and announced forthcoming dates in Riyadh (28 April) and Cairo (8 May) as part of a Middle East tour to highlight the SPARC server range, which Oracle designed to compete with enterprise competitors like IBM.

The new SPARC T5 midrange servers are based on the SPARC T5 microprocessor, which Oracle claims is the world's fastest microprocessor.

"Businesses today need the computing power to exploit big data to maximum advantage; to use analytics to discover growth and opportunities; and turn social streams into market intelligence. Traditional systems simply don't have the horsepower to handle those demanding tasks," the company said in an emailed statement.

Oracle said the new SPARC T5 servers have set 17 world records and characterised the product line as "the world's best platforms for enterprise computing at any scale, delivering the best value for database and enterprise applications".

The new servers are said to enable near linear scalability from 1 to 32 sockets, with one common core, one operating system, and one common set of systems management and virtualisation tools, all of which aims the range squarely at the cloud computing segment.

The new SPARC servers and Oracle Solaris are designed to deliver mainframe-class reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS), with the Oracle Solaris Guarantee Program for binary and source compatibility.

Additionally, Oracle said the new SPARC T5 and M5-32 servers "include zero-overhead virtualisation via Oracle VM Server for SPARC and unified systems management via Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c at virtually no extra cost with Oracle Premier Support services".

"High-end servers occupy a multi-billion dollar market and we have a significant opportunity to increase market share," said Marshall Choy, director, Optimized Solutions, Product Management, the keynote speaker at the Dubai event.

"We have a viable product in cost, performance and other business benefits that will help our customers solve problems. We have changed the economics of the RISC-based space which we think will bring about a shift in capability and what our customers can do from a much lower cost point. It's interesting if you look at how everyone prices their servers; the high end become prohibitive. We have a more linear pricing model so it's not punitive for a customer to go out and do something in the high end."

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